The “China Initiative”: The U.S. Department of Justice’s Country Specific Focus on the People’s Republic of China

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Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Dennis Boyle

Allegations by the American Administration of intellectual property theft emanating from the People’s Republic of China (PRC) are not new. In June 2018, the White House Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy issued a report entitled “How China’s Economic Aggression Threatens the Technologies and Intellectual Property of the United States and the World.”[1] In the 35-page Report, the Administration accuses the Chinese government itself of engaging in “two major strategies and various acts and practices . . .seeking to acquire the intellectual property and technologies of the world and to capture emerging high-technology industries that will drive future economic growth.”[2] Of course, many countries, including the United States, would like to dominate future intellectual property and technology development and growth as a means of securing economic prosperity. China is different from other countries, according to the Report, because of its systematic use of criminal activity authorized at the highest levels of the government and the Communist Party of the PRC.